Rick Moran's review of United 93 is proudly run today on these pages. But what of the others? Rick provides a round—up of reviews on Rightwing Nuthouse, while the Wall Street Journal adds its own culling of critics to the list.
While the film United 93 has opened to generally good reviews, there appears to be some pouting among many critics that there was no 'cathartic moment' of release and that the film offers viewers little more than a 'thrill ride' with little in the way of context or judgement.
It is the nature of criticism to find fault although some critics fall so in love with the sound of their own cynical, scratchy voice that their critiques are little more than lame attempts at being contrary. Critics by and large are also a notoriously jaded lot and films that purport to show something as emotionally charged as September 11 almost by definition fail to live up to their expectations.
Update: Rick Moran gets seriously annoyed at Dana Stevens' review in Slate.
Rick also writes that via Drudge it opened 3rd at the box office
with a pretty strong $3.6 mil. That pencils out to $18—18.5 mill through Monday.
RV opened in more than 3500 theaters which means that baby is toast. Shoulda done closer to $10—12 mill.
Stick It also should have done much better — 2100 openings should have been closer to $7—8 million.
U—93 — 1800 theaters with an average of $2085 per. That's pretty significant and it looks like it took massive audiences from RV.